Hampshire Constabulary has a rich and diverse profile of around 1000 volunteers, all giving up their time to help police and support local communities.
They have specific volunteering opportunities for children and young people including Cadets, Student Watch, which provides volunteering opportunities to university students, and the innovative Community Court programme which sees young people empowered to positively support other young people who come into contact with the criminal justice system.
Hampshire also has volunteer programmes such as Advisory Groups, Speed Watch, Horse Watch, Business Watch, Neighbourhood Watch and Country Watch.
Senior members of the Special Constabulary are now integrated within their Chief Officer Group with their own formalised rank structure and have areas of work that mirror the Constabulary; prevention and neighbourhoods, response and patrol and specialist units. Some of the specialist units in which Special Constables play a key role are the Marine Unit, the Roads Policing Unit and the first dedicated Police Search Unit. Special Constables in the Police Search Unit are specially trained to respond to call outs with volunteer search and rescue teams and dogs to carry out lowland search and rescue for vulnerable missing people.